9to5Mac and other news sites are reporting the addition of new channels to the Apple TV including ABC News, AOL On, PBS Kids, and Willow TV. However, as a cord cutter, this is perhaps the most significant news for me:
The ABC News app, unlike the WatchABC app, will be accessible to all users for free. When it comes to Apple TV, that means that you won’t have to log-in using a supported cable provider in order to access the content. The app will also offer local news from nine TV stations in the US, hourly video news updates, original programming, and ABC News archives with historical footage.
As a news and politics "junkie" one of the things I've missed most since "cutting the cable" is access to 24/7 cable news. This doesn't quite fit that bill, but it gets us closer. I'm fortunate to live in an area with good OTA Antenna coverage, which means in the event of a breaking news event I have options. But for people who receive their content solely from boxes like the Apple TV, having access, without a cable login required, to a news source is a great benefit.
Now, let's talk about why I have to log in with a cable provider to receive access to programing you offer free over the air as a network broadcaster...